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It’s easy being green

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
We know how important the earth is. We know that it provides the fresh water and the air needed to keep vegetation, animals and us, alive and we know it’s important to keep the planet healthy for our future generations. Now, it’s time to act on what we know as parents and educators to help build a...

Ways to prevent and manage stress

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
We lead such busy lives in managing our time with work, children, activities and chores. It’s no surprise that we sometimes also lead very stressful lives. How can we address stress in a healthy way? Read on for a few tips on how educators can navigate themselves and children through stressful...

Be healthier and happier, be a volunteer!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Volunteering blog image
It’s difficult to find a spare minute outside of our fast-paced lifestyles and the high demands our work, family and relationships to volunteer. However, investing time every week to volunteer benefits you by building stronger relationships, providing skills to advance your schooling and/or career...

Why Educators Should Keep on Learning

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
In any industry, growth and success have typically been associated with continual learning and life experiences. The Ministry of Education in Ontario sees professional learning as a "key aspect of leadership development" and great educators know that it’s just as important to be a great leader as...

Ideas to Get You Ready for Spring

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Family enjoying spring weather
For us, Spring always signifies change and an opportunity to refocus on personal wellness. We wanted to share a few of our favourite tips to help you prep for a season of well-being. Spring CleaningSpring is always a good time to start planning for a garage sale and/or to donate unwanted items from...

PPM 158: School Board Polices on Concussions

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Ophea is pleased with the release of the Ministry of Education’s Policy/Program Memorandum (PPM) 158: School Board Policies on Concussions.   Concussion policy is critical to ensuring a safe environment in which kids can be active and have fun. As outlined in PPM 158, the Ministry of Education...

Tips for Healthier Eating

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Student eating a packed lunch
A well-balanced diet has been known to lower cholesterol and help prevent heart disease. As role models who lead our children by example and inspire our future generations, here are a few tips on eating healthy and managing your meals. Feel free to share with your family, friends and young,...

Bring the Spirit & Fun of the Olympic Games Home

Thursday, February 20, 2014
As red mittens dot the country in a telltale sign of another winter Olympics, many teachers across the province are using the 2014 Sochi Games as an opportunity to connect what kids do in school with what our Olympians are doing half way around the world. The opportunities to engage students in...

Take PARC in the Challenge!

Thursday, February 13, 2014
PARC (Physical Activity Resource Centre) is taking to social media to pay it forward through physical activity. Over the past week, many videos have been shared through social media supporting positive actions and good deeds. For more information on how it all began, check out this article. PARC...

Resources for Inclusion

Thursday, January 16, 2014
Did you take a time to read the article in January’s eConnection on inclusion? We’ve put together some additional tips and resources to make sure everyone is able to get into the game! A Few Tips for Inclusion: This sampling of tips was adapted from Steps to Inclusion—an Ophea resource designed to...